A recent study shows a lack of literature for apps designed to help patients with mental health issues.
The study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, found that a few apps were adequately studied and demonstrated efficacy, but the real story is that there is very little literature for the majority of mental health apps.
The study began with a literature search that yielded 4997 abstracts of which only 8 met the inclusion criteria (evaluating only 5 apps).
To be included, studies were required to “examine the effects of mental health apps on mental health symptoms or disorders,” evaluate software that is directly downloadable on a mobile device, and include intervention and control groups.
A new app store was recently launched at HIMSS’s mHealth Summit 2013 by IMS Health.
The app store will not only let physicians and healthcare providers prescribe apps for their patients, but also send the app directly to their patients via secure email and SMS text.
It will also have the ability to track app usage patterns and provide feedback to physicians. Physicians can curate their own apps into app formularies based on their preferences and their patient populations.
This software-as-a-service platform, AppScript, will allow providers and institutions to identify patients, create their own formulary of apps, and install apps from a unified launcher on the patient’s iOS and Android device. Providers can recommend their own favorite apps, their hospital or clinic’s apps, and see a ranked list of apps based a proprietary IMS Health App Score. IMS Health is allowing any developer to publish their app on their platform for free.
Following on from our introductory article on Nearpod, iMedicalApps is pleased to launch a three part tutorial demonstrating how to utilize Nearpod for medical education.
This article will focus on preparing presentations for small group tutorials using Nearpod.
By the end of this article, the user will be able to:
- Log in and access Nearpod
- Understand the different types of interactive content Nearpod offers
- Build a simple presentation utilizing Nearpod
- Publish that presentation and be ready to start a new tutorial
In a recent report, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) reported that the PubMed website realized a huge surge in inquiries after releasing their PubMed for Handhelds (PubMed4Hh) app.
Dr Paul Fontelo, Director of the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications at the NLM said “a conclusion of my work is that mobile apps work. If you have something, make a mobile app and it will work” while presenting a paper at the American Medical Informatics Association annual symposium in Washington. (read more)
One of the key aspects of any musculoskeletal injury is appropriate rehabilitation by physiotherapists. A UK based orthopedic trainee and app developer, Ronnie Davies, has developed a unique pair of mobile apps designed for physiotherapists to manage and rehabilitate shoulder injuries.
This original concept of using two apps to organize a rehabilitation program is a novel concept in the medical app ecosystem.
Google Glass is going to save your life.
Maybe not today, this week, or this month–but eventually it will.
When Glass was initially released at the beginning of the year, I was skeptical of its proposed utilizations in medicine.
My main beef was why you couldn’t use a smartphone or laptop to do some of the same functions people were proposing for Glass.
I still signed up to receive an early pair because of how novel the device was and all the hype surrounding Glass.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been using my Glass Explorer edition extensively in the hospital (no recording or taking pictures of any patient information) and also for personal use. A few short weeks of use have me convinced it will save lives–to the extent that I’m forming my own software team to start experimenting with potential applications in medicine.
It’s also important to note there are ways Glass will not be used in medicine. I can’t help but laugh at some of the things I read, such as how Glass can be used to help keep eye contact with patients while talking to them in a primary care setting. I’ll explain why you’ll be getting complaints if you actually try to use Glass while talking to a patient. (read more)
As the Editor-in-Chief of iMedicalApps, I continue to be pleasantly surprised by the innovation that happens year after year in the medical categories of the App Stores. Over the past month, I’ve been doing an exhaustive review of all of the iOS medical apps released in 2013, and I’ve gathered a list of the best medical apps released in the calendar year. In this post I’ll just focus on the 10 best quick reference medical apps I’ve found. In subsequent posts I’ll focus on other key categories.
“Quick Reference” apps
An essential tool for Critical Care physicians in the medical and surgical ICUs, as well as for Emergency Medicine physicians. This app not only includes information about vasoactive agents, but gives dosing and treatment information for almost every single type of critical care situation that arises.
Sense4Baby has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA and a CE mark from the European Commission for their medical device allowing for it to be commercialized.
Sense4Baby is a remote, wireless, maternal/fetal heart rate monitoring system used to perform non-stress testing (NST) for high-risk pregnancies via smartphones and tablets. (read more)
As someone currently in the process of learning how to read echocardiograms, one fact became apparent to me very early on.
If there is a dimension, velocity, volume, or flow that can be measured, then the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) has detailed guidelines on how they should be assessed.
However, it will be a long time before I can remember off the top of my head what the appropriate gradients across a prosthetic mitral valve should be versus a prosthetic aortic valve.
Included in the many resources out there to help in this task is the ASE Pocket Guidelines app. Taken straight from the horse’s mouth, it would be hard to find a more authoritative resource on the App Store. Here, we’ll review whether it lives up to our admittedly high expectations.
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Use of mobile apps to support orthopedic surgeons in a range of clinical situations has been widely recognized. The ability to access clinical knowledge on the go or explain various pathologies to patients whilst utilizing a range of media has the potential to significantly improve clinical practice. There are a host of excellent medical apps for orthopedic surgeons which can be used for educational and clinical purposes.
This article is a useful starting point for surgeons keen to identify and integrate useful medical apps in their daily workflow. Many of these applications are available for both iPhone, iPad and Android. In order to view the accompanying videos, make sure to register on iMedicalApps (it’s free). The following are a selection of some of the best Orthopedic apps currently available. If there are any that you think we have missed, let us know in the comments!
Purpose of App Review
- How useful is this app as a replacement for the physical version of the textbook?
McGraw Hill released an app version of Zollinger’s Atlas of Surgical Operation (9th edition)–a textbook that has long been considered one of the gold standards for surgical atlases.
The app includes all of the content in the actual textbook, as well as all of the great illustrated diagrams of surgical procedures and anatomy.
Medical apps are one of the fastest growing sectors in the app market. Medical apps broadly encompass any mobile app that is health related whether targeted to patients, physicians, students, etc. These apps range from providing easy accessibility to previously published texts, health advice, health monitoring for chronic diseases, treatment and dosing guidelines, etc.